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Spring Football Top Performers: Running Backs

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2017 Spring Practice Central

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With week one of Penn State spring practices complete, the Nittany Lions are well underway in spring game preparations. Throughout the next four weeks, go position by position with the Penn State staff highlighting top performers who are exceeding expectations.

In the first release, catch up with Penn State special teams coordinator and running backs coach Charles Huff for a closer look at the Nittany Lion running backs.

"The entire group is really doing a good job, coming out every day, playing fast working hard, pushing each other," Huff said. "Obviously there are some guys who have played so it makes it a little bit easier for them to do it again."

For Huff, he keyed in first, on Mark Allen, a veteran member of a deep running back unit that dazzled Nittany Lion fans with explosive quickness and bigtime plays all year long. With everyone returning, the level of competition in practice has only elevated with each passing practice.

"Whenever you can compete in practice, it makes the games a lot easier and right now we have that," Huff said. "We have a lot more depth, guys who have more experience, they've played a year, some guys played a lot, some guys played a little bit and some guys who have played a lot are talking to the younger guys and it makes practice a lot more competitive and it makes them feel like, I've got to come out here every day and be on my 'a' game to keep up and meet the expectation."

A centerpiece of the dynamic unit, Huff noted that All-American, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Saquon Barkley has also continued to develop as a leader on the squad, looking toward his junior season come fall. 

Reach Arielle @ans26@psu.edu or follow on Twitter @arielle_sargent

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